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January 18, 2011

Because I can’t think of a title…

Today is going to be one of those list posts. The ones I tend to try to avoid, but on occasion just need to lay out there. I’m not going to bore you with my almost empty because I don’t have a house or a kitchen grocery list or with more reasons why I am currently loving life on the somewhat secluded island of Kodiak. Instead, you just get an all out random list of thoughts. Enjoy.

     * I took the little guy to the CDC {child development center} here on base today. Much to my surprise, he loved it. They let us explore the center and he got to go in his “classroom” and look around. The kids were transitioning from nap time to play/snack time and he jumped right in. He has always been a little social butterfly, but I won’t lie and say that it didn’t break my mommy heart a little when he ran right into the class like he knew he belonged there. I kind of wanted him to cling to my leg and be shy and anxious about joining in. But he didn’t. He actually threw quite the tantrum when I made him leave.

     * Still no house. Bummer. But we did find out that our car will be here tomorrow and we can pick it up on Thursday {which means no more rental car}. And all of our HHG {household goods} should be here in three weeks. Here’s hoping we don’t end up with all of our household possessions and no house to put them in.

     * On a brighter, these-things-never-happen-to-me type note: I found the exact furniture I was wanting to purchase at Ashley Furniture while we were in Florida, in our base exchange! For much cheaper. So that made me pretty excited. We still have no bedroom furniture for ourselves, and Noah will be in need of a new set of “big-boy” mattresses once our stuff is here. But we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

     * They are calling for more snow in the coming days. Something the “locals” don’t seem too thrilled about, but I’m just joyous! I love the snow. Little guy loves it too. He just hasn’t quite grasped the concept of wearing gloves/mittens so his hands don’t freeze. He got pretty mad the other day when he was throwing snowballs and his hands started cramping because they were cold. Hard-headed, stubborn child. One day he’ll learn. (Edited to add: it is already snowing…as I started typing this, I looked over to see the snowfall. Score!)

     * Our guest house accommodations are pretty cozy. With the exception of the fact that I can’t seem to get the temperature in this place just right. The thermostat seems to have a mind of its own {or maybe it’s preprogrammed to not allow you to set it higher than a certain degree?} and it’s always a little bit cooler than what I like.  But it’s comfortable, and bearable. The people that run this place are really friendly and they have a nice setup for those of us who are in between moving and having a home of our own again.

     * Little Man is digging the extended hours of darkness. If you follow me on Twitter, then you will have read my tweets the other day about how he’s sleeping like a mad-man. His wake up time this morning? 10:15. I didn’t complain at all Because that simply meant extra sleep---errr, cleaning and laundry time for me.

     * The hubby and I are finally starting to get ourselves all winterized and acclimated the climate here in the last frontier. It’s definitely not all about the fashion here, which is somewhat of a relief. The Exchange on base has a pretty decent selection of clothes and there is always online shopping, but it doesn’t seem to be such an issue. For instance…check out the snow/rain boots that I got this weekend:

mucksOh yeah. I present to you: Mucks. That’s the brand of shoe. {image credit} They are a big brand here because of their insulation and their rain/snow wearability. These are most definitely not a shoe I would buy if I were in the lower 48. But they are actually extremely comfortable and they keep my feet toasty in the multiple inches of snow we have right now. And it’s not like I’m walking around looking out of fashion or anything. One of the ladiesxtratuffs in the housing office the other day was sporting a pair of these with a skirt and sweater. So again…fashion isn’t a big deal. We bought those same boots {the ones to the right of the screen…the brown ones} for the husband and the little guy. He’s a BIG fan of boots. Calls them “big boots” {the little guy…not my husband, that is.} It’s fun. Life here is most definitely going to have it’s perks and it’s adventures. And we are pretty excited to see what’s in store.

That’s all for now. One of the guys who works at the clinic invited us to supper tonight with him and his wife. So we’re getting ready to head that way! Enjoy your evening, folks!

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